Other Opinion: Students benefit from summer programs that ease transition to school

Soon, young people across the state will end their summer vacations and assemble in schools large and small to learn everything from the ABCs to calculus.But many districts are not waiting until the school year starts to help students learn. However, it’s not the kind of information you find in a textbook.Helping students transition – learning what a typical day is like in the case of the younger children, to learning more about high school in the case of tee...

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Sherman Hills homicide trial resumes with graphic testimony

WILKES-BARRE — Shooting victim Shantique “Teeka” Goodson’s wounds were consistent with the prosecution’s account of her death last fall, a forensic pathologist testified this morning in Luzerne County Court.Jurors in Keith Malik Evans’ criminal homicide trial viewed photos of Goodson’s autopsy and heard graphic testimony from Dr. Gary Ross, which sent some family members fleeing the courtroom in tears.Ross testified that he condu...

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Letter to the Editor: Columbus Day unfitting as paid holiday for Wilkes-Barre’s employees

The city of Wilkes-Barre should establish Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday by getting rid of Columbus Day.If Christopher Columbus were alive today, he would be in a federal prison and on death row. There is an abundance of historical eyewitness evidence, and Columbus’ own diary, which supports a legal conclusion that Columbus tortured, murdered and enslaved thousands of Native Americans.Columbus was witnessed to have buried alive many of these peaceful and ...

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A day in the life of Mo’ne Davis, reluctant cover girl

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — At first, she tried to disguise herself by wearing a hoodie, but her hazel eyes and iconic braids were a dead giveaway.She has her own escort now, a driver who ferries her around the Little League complex in a golf cart. It’s the only way she can move about without being mobbed.Sometimes she just wants to watch some of the other players play, but even that is difficult when you’re the cover girl, Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to...

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Hazleton man charged with stealing friend’s wallet

SUGAR NOTCH — Police on Wednesday charged a man from Hazleton with setting up his friend to steal his wallet when the two agreed to meet at a tavern to socialize.Robert John Cool, 27, of North Church Street, was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on charges of robbery, theft, simple assault and harassment. He was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.Court records say Cool has been...

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Lehighton man killed in Foster Township crash

FOSTER TWP. — State police at Hazleton said a man from Lehighton died at the scene of a two vehicle head-on crash on state Route 940 early Thursday morning.State police identified the man as 34-year-old Jamin Zimmerman.Zimmerman, driving a 1999 Plymouth Breeze, was traveling west on Route 940 when he crossed into the on-coming lane colliding head-on with a 2012 Mack truck tractor, driven by David Kleppinger, of Palmerton, at about 4:34 a.m., state ...

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Kale, yeah!

Summer isn’t the usual time to think about soup. But why not have some now, especially when you get a cool spell like we’ve had recently. Soup is hearty and and delicious and good for a few meals, if you make a big pot of the stuff.The good thing about black-eyed peas and kale soup is, because it is essentially vegetable soup, you can use any varieties of vegetables or pasta, rice or quinoa. If you like a little meat in your soup, you can add sausage, ham, chicken or be...

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Pennsylvania American Water announces $1.6 million county upgrade

WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania American Water has announced water main replacement projects in seven Luzerne County communities to improve reliability for customers, reduce service disruptions and increase water flows for firefighting.The cost of the water system improvements is approximately $1.6 million.“These projects will replace parts of our water infrastructure dating back to the late 1800s,” said Anthony Gangemi, PAWC superintendent of field operati...

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Traffic moving smoothly after overnight roadwork to I-81 on-ramp

PennDOT traffic cameras show no bottlenecks after emergency road repairs were made overnight to an I-81 on-ramp from Route 315 in Pittston.Traffic is moving somewhat slower in the area and has been reduced to one lane as crews set up a crane for more construction planned for tonight, PennDOT District 4 spokesman Mike Taluto said.PennDOT crews had closed the bridge from 7 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m. this morning, meaning early-morning commuters heading for the interstate li...

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Plains Township police seek sign thief

PLAINS TWP. — Township police late Tuesday night released a surveillance picture of a man who allegedly stole a Citgo sign from Donna’s Convenience Store on South River Street on Aug. 18.Police said the man exited the store after purchasing items and then put a Citgo sign inside his vehicle and drove away. The vehicle is a maroon, two-door S-10 Chevrolet Blazer with primer on the rear driver’s side.Estimated value of the sign is $800 to...

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